ARTIST STATEMENT: Ela Tukauhaua

Ela Tukauhaua, Aroha, 2016

Ela Tukauhaua, Aroha, 2016

Aroha – Ela Tukauhaua

When I first came here I was a bit shy but when I came I knew some people so I felt all good so I started painting and I felt all good.  The first time I was painting a Maori lady she was really sad.  She was named Aroha.

Anyway she dress and had a Maori coat on with a pounamu stone.  She was crying because she was thinking about her friends because she hasn’t seen them and that’s why she cried.